I happen to have a Asus Pundit-R (with integrated ATI IGP 9100 chip set) which has some problems on different operating systems. Windows XP seems to work best (that is, all hardware is supported without big issues).
Windows Vista doesn’t really work on this system. Unless you don’t mind using the default VGA driver. There is no ATI IGP 9100 video driver for Vista available. This is a pity because the system is surely fast enough. I’ve tried installing it once, I don’t remember whether the network card worked or not.
Update: according to the Vista upgrade advisor (I ran that in XP) everything works except the VGA stuff. As it is not possible to upgrade the video card in the Pundit as I read somewhere you’ll always be stuck with the standard VGA driver and no Aero.
Update: this is the report generated by the Vista upgrade advisor. Only the video device is not supported, the rest is! Before installing it is wise to download the Vista driver for the 3com network card (see update below at XP section) to be able to use Windows Update to automatically download the rest of the drivers (i.e. ATI SMbus & Sound) and of course Vista SP1.
XP works, but there are some serious driver issues. Nothing works on the default install. No video, no network, no sound. AMD makes it hard to find XP drivers for this chipset, but they are available, you just have to look at the Windows 2000 driver download page.
- Go to Windows 2000 professional
- Select Integrated/Motherboard
- Select Radeon 9100 IGP
- Download and install the GART, Display and South Bridge driver
This still won’t give you sound or network support though. The only way I managed to get these to work was by using the original CD that came with the Pundit. The Asus website offers a “Lan.rar” file which doesn’t really contain drivers for the Pundit-R but are actually Realtek drivers which are of course of no use on the Pundit-R. The sound drivers on the website are a 20MB file, a bit too much crap included I guess. There is however a directory included in the ZIP file SMAXWDM/W2K_XP which included Windows 2000 drivers that apparently also work in XP. I used those to install the audio driver instead of using the included setup.
The PCI ID for the network card is 10B7:9202. This is listed as a “3Com 3C920B-EMB-WNM Integrated Fast Ethernet Controller”. It seems impossible to find drivers for this thing. The driver from the CD is “el90xbc5.sys”. Looking for this online doesn’t really look promising. It is down loadable after registration on some sites (which I didn’t try, so it might all be fake). So I’ve uploaded the driver here for you to download (rename the .odt to .zip and then unzip it).
Update: In the Windows Update catalog you can find the Vista driver for the 3com device which also seems to work in Windows XP. It’s a newer version than the one shown above. You need Internet Explorer to access the catalog. Search for “3com etherlink” and choose any of them, they are all the same driver just for different cards).
Fedora used to work great, but the latest versions (Fedora 9 prerelease, Fedora 8 update kernels) has issues with the integrated SATA controller (it won’t use DMA). This however does not seem to be a problem in Ubuntu 8.04 where it undoubtedly got fixed in some ugly way. The rest works out of the box with the exception of the card reader. Even Compiz works great 😉 There is however still a USB(2.0) problem left. It seems impossible to get this to work in a reliable way. Copying small files is not a problem, but with bigger files (especially to the device) it seems to break rather easily.
Update: In Windows XP this seems to be solved by just slowing down the file transfer to barely faster than USB1 speeds.
Update: In Vista this is exactly the same problem as in Linux. Only, the error handling is a little bit better. It gives an error and then resumes at a lower speed apparently. This is for reading from the USB device, writing to it makes Windows hang and Explorer crash. Too bad. Seems like a hardware issue.